Sasha brings it home
BREEDING has a bit to do with success in sheep dog trialling based on the success of Ivan Solomon from Brookton, Western Australia.
After travelling 7000km to Queensland for the Australian Supreme Championships, he stayed an extra week for the Queensland championships at Allora to win the open yesterday with a score of 289 with Sasha.
It was his third state championship win. The first two were with Sasha's mother Jill in Western Australia and South Australian championships.
He scored 98 in the first round, 99 in the round of 20 and then 92 in the round of six yesterday to win.
Solomon was on target for 100 in the round of 20 before going off course on the way to the pen and losing one point.
"In a good run, you know pretty well what you should score but it is harder to keep your own likely score in a bad run," Solomon said.
After running a property in the wheat belt, which is now operated by sons Dene and Glenn, Solomon moved to a smaller property south-east of Perth where he runs 150 sheep on 42ha.
"I start young dogs on 10 to 15 and then cut them down to three sheep," he said.
In the open at Allora, Yangan handler Geoff Gibson was the top-placed local, fifth with Charlies Dusty.
The South Australia/ Victoria team of Davina and Greg Campbell, Bill Trembath and their dogs won the Fred Dohle Interstate Challenge by half a point from Queensland combination Jim O'Connell, Roy Potticary and Clifton handler Brendan Bange.
Novice: 1 Davina Campbell (Sutherlands Ck, Vic) and Glamorgan Flash 192, equal 2 Andrew Heath (Molong, NSW) and Terata Fergi 191, and Michael Grant (Westbury, Tas) and Lyster Bonnie 191.
Encourage: 1 Liff Parr (Omanama) and Aquagold Lady 156, 2 Sharon Mellema and Noonbarra Jez (Dayboro) 154, 3 Sharon Dungey (Samford) and Ashens Annie 144.
Improver: 1 Michael Rigby (Ilfracombe) and Barcoo Ernie 186, 2 Andrew Heath (Molong, NSW) Terata Fergi 175, Graeme Heath (Stanthorpe) Terata Sport 173.
Open: 1 Ivan Solomon (Brookton, WA) and Sasha 289, 2 Errol Brettschneider (Grafton) and Fiesta Flea 267, 3 Jim O'Connell (Winton) and Camara Queen 264.